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SDEMA Certified Emergency Manager

A growing movement in the 1990's began nationwide to provide professional certification of emergency managers. Prior to 1993, South Dakota did not have a certification program for emergency management professionals.


The Executive Committee of the South Dakota Emergency Management Association (SDEMA) held a meeting on May 12, 1993 and decided to pursue formulating guidelines for emergency manager certification. Initially a single title of "Certified Emergency Manager" (CEM) was chosen along with experience and required education to achieve this designation.

More recently the program has grown to offer not only a CEM Basic (CEM-B) but additionally a CEM Advanced (CEM-A) certification. If an applicant meets CEM-B and CEM-A qualifications, they can apply to be a CEM-A for their initial certification. Certification lasts for 5 years.



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